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All that glistens…

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Gold has always held a certain appeal for humans. Its lustre, due to a lack of oxidation, makes it pleasing to look at and to handle. Yet, it is simply a lump of metal that generates no income and will only be worth what someone else wants to pay for it at any point in…

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The 100-Year Life: Part 2 – Work

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Inspired by the book ‘The 100-Year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity’, I’m exploring the financial implications of an increased life expectancy in the West which sees those born today entering the world with an above average chance of becoming centenarians. The book suggests that the days of the three-stage life…

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The 100-Year Life: Part 1 – Retirement

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Does the prospect of living to 100 years old thrill you or terrify you? Can you imagine yourself happily opening the telegram from the Queen (or King) a century after you entered the world or do you imagine your life to be more suited to a shorter, higher-quality ‘three-score-years-and-ten’? For many of us who may…

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How deep is your risk?

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All investors know that they need to take risks in order to achieve returns higher than cash. If you asked ten investors if equities were more risky than cash, most would agree; but that depends on how one understands risk. The investment industry has done a poor job of explaining risk as it relates to…

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